Los Banos

September 27, 2013

Milliken Museum Society to host first Charles Sawyer Memorial Lecture Series

The Milliken Museum Society will be holding its first annual lecture series Wednesday night to honor Charles Sawyer, former president, author and dedicated volunteer of the museum.

The Milliken Museum Society kicks off its lecture series by focusing on a man who has been instrumental in preserving Los Banos’ past.

Charles Sawyer, who died in 2012, is the subject of a Wednesday, Oct. 2, presentation. He was a historian, author and dedicated museum volunteer.

“We are trying to get more community members to visit the museum and learn about our local history,” said Sarah Sagouspe, volunteer and museum organizer.

The evening opens with refreshments at 6:30, followed by guest speaker Jamy Faulhaber giving a presentation titled “Henry Miller, a Great-Grandson’s Oral History, and the Legacy of Miller & Lux.”

“We wanted to find a way to honor Charles Sawyer and all his work at the Milliken Museum over the years,” Sagouspe added.

Organizers plan on turning the lecture series into an annual event.

The lecture is being held at the museum, Sagouspe said, so people can check out exhibits and get a sense of the history Los Banos has to offer.

“[Charles] was very dedicated to the museum,” she said.

“Since his passing, the Milliken Museum Society has been searching for a way to honor Charles,” organizers said. “An annual lecture on a piece of our local history, held in the courtyard of our wonderful museum seemed the most fitting tribute.”

Sawyer also edited and published four books about Westside history “The Road Over” “Moving On” “One Man Show” and “Our Sport.”

The museum is in Pacheco Park, 905 Pacheco Blvd. Parking is available along Pacheco Boulevard and closer to the museum by using Tenth Street and turning right on Washington Street.

Museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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